Tuesday 9 May 2023

Allah is with the judge so long he is not unjust

Islam lays a great emphasis on upholding of Justice for a state devoid of true justice will crumble one day when injustice becomes so intense that innocents are imprisoned and persecuted while the evil and miscreants roam freely. There are numerous verses in Qur'an which caution the believers to uphold justice and that rights of innocent are protected. We have already shared some of these verses under heading: Justice / Rules of Islamic Law in our reference page: Selected verses from Qur'an.

Since every act and saying of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is embodiment of what is written in Qur'an, we share a Hadith attributed to him which about just judges whom Allah aids in their work. At the same time the Hadith also mentions that those who are unjust and take bribes to affect their decisions, Allah leaves them to themselves, only to be punished on the Day of Judgment.

This Hadith is mentioned in Sunan Ibn Majah (Book # 13 The Chapters on Rulings كتاب الأحكام / Chapter # 2 Emphatic Prohibition against Injustice and Bribery  باب التَّغْلِيظِ فِي الْحَيْفِ وَالرِّشْوَةِ) as Hadith number # 2312 as under:

حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ سِنَانٍ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بِلاَلٍ، عَنْ عِمْرَانَ الْقَطَّانِ، عَنْ حُسَيْنٍ، - يَعْنِي ابْنَ عِمْرَانَ - عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَاقَ الشَّيْبَانِيِّ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي أَوْفَى، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الْقَاضِي مَا لَمْ يَجُرْ فَإِذَا جَارَ وَكَلَهُ إِلَى نَفْسِهِ ‏"‏‏.‏

It was narrated from 'Abdullah bin Abu Awfa that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
Allah is with the judge so long as he is not unjust, but if he rules unjustly, He entrusts him to himself.

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)

Although, this Hadith is specific to judges or the Qazis (الْقَاضِي), it is equally applicable to all of us. So long we are just in our worldly affairs, Allah will aid us in our dealings. But if we are otherwise, we will be left alone. Choice is ours!!
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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